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Gizmo Varillas releases ‘One People’

Gizmo Varillas, London, 20 August 2017. Photo by: Carsten Windhorst / FRPAP.com

Gizmo Varillas unveils new single ‘One People’ (released 8.5.18). This follows the release of ‘Losing You’ in January 2018. ‘One People’ is the second single released from his second album ‘Dreaming of Better Days’, released on 6th July 2018 via Muisca Records.

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Speaking on the track, Varillas quotes:  With all the divisive narratives going around today I think it’s important to remember we all are more similar than different. This song is a plea to remember that, to quote the song… ‘If not us, who will?

Varillas’ music could be described as ‘feel-good’; this belies the depth of sentiments contained within, and those stirred without. It’s true he leans heavily on an encyclopedic knowledge of colourful rhythms drawn from across the globe: his homeland’s rumbas and flamenco; Latin American Salsas, Tangos and Bossa Novas; African Highlife and Mali Blues; Calypso and Soca. But these joyful tempos are often undercut by wistful melodies or recognitions of life’s grimmer elements. “I like the idea,” he says, “of sad lyrics with happy music. It balances things out’.

If the last few years have been notable for the increasingly inward-looking nature of contemporary politics, and an upswing in what one might politely – or euphemistically – refer to as ‘nationalism’, Gizmo Varillas’ story can be interpreted an antidote, albeit an unpremeditated one. His music, however, unquestionably offers a powerful remedy for the distressing headlines piling up these days and this time that’s deliberate. Like El Dorado, its predecessor – an album distinguished by its cheerful air of enthusiastic idealism, but nonetheless penetrated by realism – Dreaming of Better Days acknowledges mankind’s darker sides, and seeks to find light therein. It’s a quality that might be considered as rare as it is indispensable.

Dreaming of Better Days – follow’s the release of Varillas’ debut album El Dorado in 2016, which included hits ‘Freedom For Change’ and ‘Give A Little Love’. The album received critical acclaim from BBC 6 Music, Clash, Indie Shuffle, Classic Pop to name a few. Varillas had strong support from Apple Music amassing over 26k and top 10 chart positions in  the UK, France & Germany. Spotify adds to editorial playlists help the artist grow within the platform and to date has reached 4.6m streams.

On Tour

8.5.18 – Germany, Cologne, Yuca

9.5.18 – Germany, Munich, Ampere

10.5.18 – Germany, Berlin, Auster Club

11.5.18 – Holland, Amsterdam, Paradiso

12.5.18 – Belgium, Ghent, Dok Kantine

18.5.18 – UK, Brighton, The Great Escape

21.5.18 – UK London, The Lexington, Headline show

1.6.18 – UK, Cheltenham, Wynchwood Festival

13.7.18 – UK, Suffolk, Latitude Festival

Follow Gizmo: – http://www.gizmovarillas.com

Buy/Stream: http://smarturl.it/GizmoVarillas

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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